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Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams 9th April 2019
Abu Dhabi’s 1st Hindu temple to be opened by PM Modi
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to take a call this week on whether he inaugurates the first Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi by video, or in person on April 19-20.
Guwahati Railway station becomes the First ISO certified railway station in India
- The Guwahati Railway Station became the first ever railway station in Indian Railways to get ISO certification from National Green Tribunal (NGT) for “providing passenger amenities in a clean and green environment.”
Army gets Dhanush artillery guns
- The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) handed over the first batch of six Dhanush artillery guns to the Army. Dhanush is the indigenously upgraded version of the Swedish Bofors gun procured in the 1980s.
- “Indigenisation to the extent of about 81%, has already been achieved. By the end of 2019, the indigenisation level of the gun will go up to 91%,”.
NIRF rankings: IISc., IIMB, NLSIU bag top spots
- Three premier education institutions from the city have bagged the top spots in their respective disciplines in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2019, released by the Ministry of Human Resource (MHRD).
- The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) was ranked number one in the management category, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (NLSIU) in the law category, and Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) in the university category.
- While IISc. and NLSIU has retained the top slots from last year, IIMB has dislodged Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
- However, in the overall rankings, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has replaced IISc., which stood first last year. In the overall ranking, six other institutions from Karnataka have made it to the top 99.
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih celebrates victory in a parliamentary election
- Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s party is leading in the vote count in the parliamentary election and has already declared a landslide victory that could give him a free hand in efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption.
- This could be the first time that a single party has won the majority in Parliament since the Indian Ocean archipelago nation became a multiparty democracy in 2008 after decades of autocratic rule.
Nepal to remeasure Everest
- Nepal is sending a team of government-appointed climbers up Mount Everest to remeasure its height hoping to quash persistent speculation that the world’s tallest mountain has shrunk.
- Its official height is 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), first recorded by an Indian survey in 1954.
Business & Economy:
India highest recipient of remittances at $79 billion in 2018: World Bank
- India retained its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances with its diaspora sending a whopping USD 79 billion back home in 2018, the World Bank said in a report.
- India was followed by China (USD 67 billion), Mexico (USD 36 billion), the Philippines (USD 34 billion), and Egypt (USD 29 billion).
RBI issues norms for banks to set up currency chests
- Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has come out with guidelines for banks to set up new currency chests, which include a minimum area of 1,500 square feet for a strong room.
- The RBI said that the new chests should have a processing capacity of 6.6 lakh pieces of banknotes per day.
- It added that for those situated in the hilly/ inaccessible places, capacity should be 2.1 lakh pieces of banknotes per day.
SBI sets terms for Jet Airways sale
- State Bank of India (SBI) invited bids from strategic and financial investors for stake sale in the cash-strapped Jet Airways.
- SBI, the lead bank of the consortium of lenders of Jet Airways (India) Ltd., has offered bidders a maximum of 75% stake.
WB pegs India’s GDP growth at 7.5%
- India’s GDP growth is expected to accelerate moderately to 7.5% in the fiscal year 2019-20, driven by continued investment strengthening — particularly private — improved export performance and resilient consumption.
Science & Technology:
Discovery of ‘death switch’ mechanism in plants may yield stronger crops: Scientists
- Chinese scientists have discovered a possible “death switch” mechanism in the plant’s immune system that triggers infected cells to self-destruct, thus limiting the spread of the disease and keeping other parts of the plant healthy.
- Scientists said the discovery provides clues to cell death control and immunity for plants, and they hope further research can lead to a new generation of disease-resistant crops that use significantly less pesticide and are more environmentally friendly.
President of India releases the India rankings – 2019
- The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, released the India Rankings – 2019 and presented the India Rankings awards to the top eight institutions in different categories at a function held in New Delhi. He also released the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) and presented the ARIIA awards to the top two institutions.